Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Marquette hosts Alexandria Friday and Saturday

The Marquette Rangers will jump out of North Division play at Lakeview Arena this Friday and Saturday night, hosting the Alexandria Blizzard of the Central Division.

The Rangers swept the Blizzard (14-16-3) in early November in Alexandria by scores of 5-4 and 5-1.

Alexandria is currently in fourth place in the Central Division, ten points behind third-place Springfield. Marquette (21-18-3) is in fourth place in the North Division, seven points behind third-place Mahoning Valley.

“We’re really looking forward to playing at home this weekend,” said Rangers head coach Randy Enders. “Our guys really like Lakeview and I think we responded pretty well last weekend when Traverse City and Alpena were here. We need to build some momentum off these two games this weekend seeing as we’re going on the road for the whole month of February.”

The Rangers won’t play at home after this weekend until March 7-8 when they host Mahoning Valley.

Enders also liked the fact that someone new would be the opponent this weekend.

“As great as our division rivals are to play, it’ll be nice for the fans and for our guys to see a team from a different division," added Enders. "We had some success against them earlier this season, but both teams are vastly different from November, so I’m confident we’ll see two high-quality and hard-fought games this weekend as we’re both trying to represent our divisions the best we can.”

Mikael Lickteig and Luke Nesper lead the Blizzard offensively with 39 points each, while Marquette continues to be led by Aaron Pietila with 42 points (17g, 25a) and Josh Bussell, who is coming off a five-point weekend last Thursday and Friday, second on the team in goals with 16.

Nick Condon has moved into second place in scoring on the Rangers with 31 points (3g, 28a) and continues to be among the scoring leaders for defenseman in the NAHL.

The games start each evening at 7:30 p.m.

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